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Auburn University recently hosted World Health Day for the first time with an on-campus event. In honor of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 70th anniversary, Auburn’s School of Nursing provided health assessments, activities, and instructions to bring awareness and promote healthy living in the Auburn community.

World Health Day organizers attracted participants who were on campus for the university’s spring football game. The event was free to the public and was held at the School of Nursing’s greenspace.

According to the WHO, physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. Physical inactivity is estimated to account for between 6 and 10 percent of ischemic heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and breast and colon cancers.

Robin Gosdin Farrell, associate clinical professor in the Auburn School of Nursing, tells, “This year’s theme is, ‘Be Active: regular exercise and physical activity.’ It’s about how being physically active can help your overall health as well as decreasing risk for long-term diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.”

The event at Auburn featured six stations in total. Four provided information on how to incorporate exercise into daily life, including games and activities like yoga, weightlifting, volleyball, and Zumba. Another station provided health assessments like blood pressure and BMI, and the last station provided healthy snacks and guidance on food choices and nutrition.

To learn more about Auburn’s World Health Day Celebration inspired by the World Health Organization, visit here.

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